The going is good in the film industry today. Earlier in the year it was Badlapur, which turned out to be a clean Hit for Varun Dhawan by netting 53 crore. A few months later Deepika Padukone delivered a Superhit with Piku (80 crore). Now Bahubali is doing Blockbuster business even in Hindi (over 90 crore), despite being a dubbed affair with Prabhas and Rana Daggubati. This Friday it would be the turn of Drishyam to do the trick for Ajay Devgn.
Clearly, unusual titles are in the vogue and audiences are glad to pick them all up.
No wonder, there wasn’t much deliberation around the change in title when Malayalam film Drishyam was picked up for a remake by Ajay Devgn and director Nishikant Kamat. There was a very brief discussion but that’s about it.
“I did feel that there was no point doing so because everyone was anyways calling it as Drishyam remake all this while,” says Ajay, “Someone suggested if we should have Drishya as a title but then again it was anyways similar to Drishyam. I remember people debated massively at the time of Singham as they felt it was a Sanskrit word and pan-India audience won’t pick it up easily. However, we loved the tone of it and rest is history. Same holds true for Drishyam too.”
Tell him that even a title like Bahubali has been picked up well by audience across the country and the film is breaking records in Hindi circuits as well and he nods in agreement.
“That’s exactly my point of view,” he says, “If a film is good, it will do well even if it does not have a conventional title to it. The word Drishyam has such a strong meaning and relevance to the story. We didn’t want to touch it.”
No wonder, Ajay is going ahead with his yet another Sanskrit title in the form of Shivaay, which would also mark his comeback as a director.
Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder